US President Donald Trump confronted his Democratic rival, Senator Joe Biden, last night in the first presidential debate of the general election season, as he sought to regain his foothold after months of delay in opinion polls, and after the New York Times revealed that he had consistently evaded paying income taxes for about 20 Years old.
Throughout the election campaign, the newspaper said, President Trump was unable to sway a large proportion of moderate and swing voters from Biden.
But the revelations of the tax return that Trump has withheld long ago threatens to crowd out all other cases.
Republican leaders have been largely silent about Trump’s taxes since the report came out on Sunday.
The top Republicans in the Senate declined to comment on Monday.
Charles Grassley, the veteran senator who co-wrote the tax code, criticized the Internal Revenue Service, which has been conducting Trump tax audits for years, after the president recovered $ 72.9 million based on the losses he claimed.
“The idea that comes to my mind is how the Internal Revenue Service takes a long time to complete audits,” Grassley told reporters.
Two polls jointly conducted by The New York Times and Siena College on Monday provided some encouraging news for Biden.
Biden outperformed Trump by nine percentage points among potential voters in Pennsylvania, a state that Trump narrowly won four years ago and whose 20 electoral votes are widely seen as crucial to his potential victory in November.
Biden has not been behind in a major poll in Pennsylvania since June, but some other recent polls have shown he has a negative rating there, a sign of potential weakness even as he maintains a narrow margin.
But in the “New York Times-Sina” poll, Biden enjoyed a broadly positive rating – 55 percent in favor, 41 percent unsupported – of the electorate in the state in which he was born and spent much of his childhood.
The other “New York Times-Sina” poll, published Monday, was in Nebraska’s second congressional district, which includes Omaha and most of its suburbs.
In this poll, Biden led by seven points among potential voters – aided by his strength among white college-degree voters, who have largely distanced themselves from Trump since 2016.
The county is particularly well-educated, with a higher percentage of college graduates than any state other than Colorado and Massachusetts.
Nebraska awards two electoral votes to the statewide winner (who will almost no doubt be Trump), and distributes one additional vote to the winner in the three congressional districts.
The second region is the only one considered by the Democrats; Barack Obama won it in 2008 before turning back against the Republicans in 2012 and 2016.
But Trump won it by two percentage points four years ago.
Because of the electoral college calculations, it is possible – though unlikely – that Trump and Biden will tie 269 votes each, which means that the second constituency will cast their decisive electoral vote.
In addition, the magazine “Politico” reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin were working late Monday evening in a final attempt to reach common ground on another round of legislation to stimulate the Coronavirus.
As the House of Representatives prepares to leave for the recess, lawmakers in both parties feel intense pressure from their voters to pass another bill.
Even as Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke, House Democrats were pushing ahead with their $ 2.2 trillion bill – an ad hoc version of the $ 3 trillion package they passed in May, and which has remained weak since then.
If negotiations with the Republicans break down, the Democrats could pass the smaller bill by midweek, at which point lawmakers will likely raise their hands and return home, while ensuring that no bill passes until after the election in November.
According to a recent New York Times-Sina poll, more than seven in 10 potential voters across the country said they favor passing a $ 2.2 trillion stimulus package.